Failed Double-Barrel Cannon and Other Weapons That Absolutely Flopped
Failed Double-Barrel Cannon and Other Weapons That Absolutely Flopped

Failed Double-Barrel Cannon and Other Weapons That Absolutely Flopped

Khalid Elhassan - November 14, 2021

Failed Double-Barrel Cannon and Other Weapons That Absolutely Flopped
Panzer VIII Maus. Tank Encyclopedia

1. Hitler’s Obsession With Big Weapons Was of Great Help to the Allies

Panzer VIIIs were intended to spearhead German attacks, smash through any opposition and destroy all enemy armor they came across, while they remained invulnerable to damage from their opponents. With 9.4 inches of turret armor, 8 inches of hull front armor, 7 inches of hull side armor, and 6 inches of rear armor, a Maus was quite immune from Allied tanks, whose shells would simply bounce off the behemoth. However, it was built in 1944, and by then the Allies not only had aerial superiority on both the Western and Eastern front, but well-nigh complete aerial supremacy over the battlefield.

The Maus did not have enough armor up top to protect it from armor piercing bombs or rockets dropped or fired from above. Ultimately, the Maus was symptomatic of the Nazis’ and Hitler’s irrational obsession with big things and super weapons. They failed to rationally calculate the cost effectiveness of super weapons compared to other “normal” weapons that could accomplish the same task at a fraction of the cost. Had they done so, they would have freed up scarce resources for other uses that could have better served the German war effort. Humanity is thus indebted to that Nazi and Hitlerian blind spot.

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